"It takes me six months to do a story. I think it out and then write it sentence by sentence--no first draft. I can’t write five words but that I change seven."-- Dorothy Parker in an interview with Paris Review
I have to agree with her on this one. Her verse has charm (see the justly famous verse "Resumé"--charm: suicide is an annoyance, so that's why you should live), but they rarely rise above what they are. Her little narratives, though, can have a powerful punch.